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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 26thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 37thHighest Average Incomes: 44th
The Social Darwinist Imperium of
Iron Fist Consumerists
What Crota began, I complete. My will... conquers all!
Oryx the Taken King
Influence
Sprat
Region
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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The Ascendant Hive

Population11.683 billion

CapitalAscendant Dreadnaught
LeaderOryx the Taken King
Faiththe Sword-Logic

CurrencyAscendant Rune
AnimalAscendant Worm

The Social Darwinist Imperium of The Ascendant Hive is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Oryx the Taken King with an iron fist, and renowned for its deadly medical pandemics, smutty television, and flagrant waste-dumping. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.683 billion Ascendant Spawn are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation's GDP and refers to individual citizens as "human resources."

The relatively small, corrupt, moralistic, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Defense, with Law & Order, Industry, and Education also on the agenda, while Social Policy and Environment receive no funds. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ascendant Dreadnaught. The average income tax rate is 99.2%.

The frighteningly efficient Ascendant Brood economy, worth a remarkable 9,475 trillion Ascendant Runes a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, broadly diversified black market in Arms Manufacturing, Information Technology, Uranium Mining, and Retail. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 811,050 Ascendant Runes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.3 times as much as the poorest.

The government is seen to favor traditionalist religions, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate, one lone government employee can be seen hunting for the elusive stray white dog, and there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. The Ascendant Hive's national animal is the Ascendant Worm, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation, and its national religion is the Sword-Logic.

The Ascendant Hive is ranked 927th in the world and 30th in the Pacific for Smartest Citizens, with 237.65 quips per hour.

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Largest Manufacturing Sector: 26thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 37thHighest Average Incomes: 44thHighest Poor Incomes: 51stLargest Information Technology Sector: 59thLargest Agricultural Sector: 79thMost Corrupt Governments: 87thMost Scientifically Advanced: 91stLargest Insurance Industry: 108thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 124thLargest Black Market: 124thLargest Mining Sector: 127thMost Patriotic: 161stLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 180thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 182ndMost Devout: 238thMost Efficient Economies: 240thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 272ndMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 313thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 344thMost Subsidized Industry: 364thFattest Citizens: 365thLowest Crime Rates: 376thLargest Governments: 423rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 524thMost Avoided: 530thLargest Retail Industry: 533rdHighest Economic Output: 707thLargest Cheese Export Sector: 897thSmartest Citizens: 927thRudest Citizens: 1,455thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,535thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 1,686thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,779thTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 3,135thMost Advanced Public Education: 3,726thLargest Soda Pop Sector: 3,833rdLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 6,761stNudest: 7,654thTop
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Most Authoritarian: 15,299thMost Conservative: 17,148thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 19,014thMost Valuable International Artwork: 23,186th
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Highest Average Incomes: 2nd in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 2nd in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 3rd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 4th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 4th in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 5th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 5th in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 6th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 7th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionMost Patriotic: 9th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 9th in the regionMost Devout: 10th in the regionFattest Citizens: 10th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 11th in the regionMost Avoided: 11th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 18th in the regionLargest Governments: 18th in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 20th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 28th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 30th in the regionRudest Citizens: 32nd in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 35th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 44th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 58th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 82nd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 126th in the regionLargest Populations: 219th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 238th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 415th in the regionTop
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Most Valuable International Artwork: 468th in the regionMost Stationary: 575th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 595th in the regionMost Developed: 648th in the regionMost Conservative: 654th in the regionMost Influential: 744th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 822nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : The Ascendant Hive lodged a message on the The Pacific Regional Message Board.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, there's sophisticated talk of revolution within the ever-expanding mining colonies.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, one lone government employee can be seen hunting for the elusive stray white dog.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, high-income earners pay a 100% tax rate.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, the government is seen to favor traditionalist religions.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, confused-looking pigeons slide gently off frictionless window ledges.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, Bigtopian relations have become a minefield.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, punk rockers smash it up and then clean it up.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, bands of paramedics walk the streets looking for suspicious medical activity.
  • : Following new legislation in The Ascendant Hive, a small country is wondering where their capitol building's gold dome went.

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